ICC Qatar hosts panel discussion on arbitration

Focus on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution at recent ICC Qatar meet

Wayne Clark, vice president and head of Dispute Management, HKA
Wayne Clark, vice president and head of Dispute Management, HKA

The International Chamber of Commerce Qatar (ICC Qatar) held a panel discussion on ‘Persuading the Tribunal’, the fifth in ICC Qatar’s monthly Arbitration Series as part of the 2017 programme of its Commission on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

The seminar was conducted by Wayne Clark (pictured), vice president and head of Dispute Management with HKA, the newly minted brand that unites the former construction claims and consulting group of Hill International and associated subsidiaries.

In his keynote address Clark provided fresh perspectives in the arbitration arena and how litigants and parties involved in disputes and their legal counsel could persuade the tribunal to find in their favour, The Peninsula reported.

Clark, a Doha-based chartered quantity surveyor, arbitrator and mediator with over 40 years international experience, has a wealth of expertise in this arena following his extensive involvement in infrastructure construction and conflict resolution spanning 12 countries across three continents.

He reviewed the three main features of arbitration which are the procedure, the written submissions and the oral hearings. He recommended that the parties in the procedure juncture should look for early closure. Furthermore, he asserted that the Tribunal has a duty to conduct the arbitration in an efficient and cost-effective manner in accordance with the ICC Rules and Qatar’s Arbitration Law.

ICC rules state that the tribunal and the parties shall make every effort to conduct the arbitration in an expeditious and cost-effective manner, Clark reminded the audience. He provided examples of the delaying procedural and tactical manoeuvres that parties might use while solving disputes by arbitration. He also touched upon the subjects of appointment of arbitrators and experts and requests for stay of proceedings.

The ‘Arbitration Series’ follows the Commission’s charge to foster the development of trade and investment between Qatar and the international business community.

 

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